Wearing a Helmet while Motorcycling
- Some people feel they have a brain worth protecting. Others do not. Upon reflection it occurs to me both groups are right.
- —Guest Larry Butler
Safety on a bike.
- Abate always said,"let those who ride decide" . Just like smoking. It's a crap shoot. You never know when some person is going to crash into you. A helmet just ups your chances of surviving.
- —Guest TF
Safe than Sorry
- I've gone down twice. The last time a cager cut me off, I hit the side of his car and went backwards. After my back hit the ground, then my head hit the pavement. I remember my head hitting so hard, that I heard a crack that was loud and scary. It was my helmet. Thank God, now I wear it w/o fail. I was safe and not sorry.
- —Guest PreacherMoD
why ride without a helmet
- I think people riding w/out one think it makes them more macho than the responsible scooter community who respect the law.Acting like James Dean is an old fashion.Only trashy riders blame the government for the helmet law.All these professional racers,stunt guys,hard core bikers,law abiding descent people,mechanics,those who have it as a hobby wear helmet.But those w/out helmet are probably borrowing the bike for a month or two,can't afford one or just being stupid with no life.You know a seasoned rider by all kind of protections he uses
- —Guest gio
- The unfortunate thing about you folks exercising your right to not wear a helmet is that it has a direct impact on my wallet. The expense of your medical care costs me money anyway you look at it. Either in higher motorcycle insurance rates, ro in hight healt insurance rates, but in either case it costs me. If it wasn't for my financial hit, I could care less if you want to become a vegatable.
- All the Gear All the Time. Helmets are sometimes a hassle, but the alternative of head injury or death is way worse.
Do I wear a helmet?
- I always wear a helmet. Even a very low speed impact or just dropping the motorcycle and going down with it and hiiting your head on pavement or concrete can cause significant head trauma without a helmet.
- —Guest Kenneth Conway
- Yes, i wear a helmet. no helmet law in illinois. i satarted wearing it to make my mother-in-law happy. now i just do it.
- —Guest bobcarmean
- I also live in N.J. where you have to wear a helmet, I wear mine all the time, evan if i'm in states that don't requie you to wear one. Doesn't matter if i'm riding my 1955 Vincent Black Shadow or my 2012 Harley Davidson.
- —Guest Walter Gurbis
Check their credentials
- might need some correlation of the folks who passed (sorry) due to the 'choice' and their abilities and safety knowledge. Many times frequency of riding especially comuting makes you a better rider. Rider courses do make one aware of their surroundings. it's a choice we all have to make. Bell Helmets- $10 helmet for a $10 head (circa 1975). Pride can get you in trouble FAST!
- —Guest sidehack
It is my own business alone
- I wear an acid yellow high-vis full-face helmet that probably looks ridiculous. I enjoy the freedom to wear it. I would fight for your freedom not to. I'm sick of being protected to death by the "nanny state." I vote for freedom from helmet laws.
- —Guest Lone Wolf Alabama
- i have been riding for 43yrs abd have had my share of close calls rode in alot of states always wear my helmet no matter what there to many idiots on the road that just don't pay attention till they hit some thing so ride with or if you chose not to RIDE SAFE LOOK OUT FOR THE OTHER GUY!!!
- —Guest cj
61 years smart
- ...I never wore a helmet in the '60's, and I thought it was cool. When I moved to Cali, it was mandatory, so I wear it. I rode from LA to Sedona, AZ to visit a riding buddy, and on our lunch ride to Flagstaff I strapped on my bucket as usual. Then my buddy says "no helmet law in Arizona", so we flipped our baseball caps around and rode off. On the next day's ride though, I strapped the bucket on, because I just didn't feel as protected without it. I guess older IS wiser!
- —Guest FF
- always wore a helmet flying jets 30 years.Fifty years on MC ,rode no helmet,harley beanie,half and full face.I have been down 3 times at slow speed all caused by others.Full face saved my jaw,nose and cheek/eye.You don't always crash at warp one.So I go for best odds.
- —Guest ross
No helmet = a greater chance of death.
- This argument is as old as the wheel itself and no other subject creates a more heated debate. It's very simple: If you're stupid enough to ride without a helmet (or not wear a seat belt) then you will vastly increase your chances of death or a TBI. Having said that, there shouldn't be mandatory helmet laws. Besides, doctors and nurses need work too so there's nothing wrong with the "freedom" crowd buttering the pavement with their brains. I say, "Live it up!" If you want to be a Darwin Award winner then by god you should exercise your right to win one!
- —Guest Ninja Kev